Outdoors

There’s nothing like soaring in a seaplane



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2017. If you ever get a chance to take an airplane ride over Southwest Florida — particularly Charlotte Harbor — you will be amazed at not only the scenery, but also the wildlife: birds, fish, dolphins, manatees, sharks, spotted eagle rays, […]

Disrespecting nature is a bad — sometimes dangerous — idea



(Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2019.) Having just returned from a bit of summer traveling, Nancy and I got to see many new areas of our great country. The trip served to reinforce my opinion that respect is a major component of the world we live […]

The importance of watching seagrass grow



This may sound odd, but many government agencies, marine biologists and others concerned with the health of our environment put in countless hours researching the seagrasses of our fragile coast lines. Florida is home to seven species of seagrasses. There are 60 known species in the world — and at least six of them can be found in Charlotte Harbor. […]

Blood and buried treasure in the Florida Keys



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, here’s a version of one of his classic columns from a decade ago. The gash crossed his chest and ended at his solar plexus. Blood dripped from the back of his left forearm. The homeless looking person’s wide eyes looked up at me from the lily bushes into […]

Wisdom on the water



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a time. Meanwhile, enjoy this classic from 2013. The early mornings on Charlotte Harbor are extraordinary: calm water, light breezes and ichthyological and avian aerobatics. With the light winds, the angle of heel for our 30-foot sailboat was about 10 degrees. Nancy and I sat in the cockpit and, as I sipped from […]

Red sky at morning: surviving a storm



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. Meanwhile, enjoy a version of this classic from 2012. The rumble of thunder echoing over the still air and glassy water was an ominous sign. Nancy and I were still 25 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, headed toward Boca Grande. The day before, we had just felt the need […]

Life moves too fast, so let’s take it slow



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. Meanwhile, enjoy this classic from 2012. Nancy and I were docked at the rustic old Florida island of Cabbage Key. The morning air was relatively cool as we sat on the porch having an island breakfast. (An island breakfast is about the same as an ordinary one — except you start […]

Why vacation when you can staycation?



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. Meanwhile, enjoy this classic from 2019 — which is especially timely today, considering the price of gas. All through the year, we work hard to prepare for summer. This is when the kids and grandkids are out of school and we turn our thoughts to taking a break from everyday work […]

The otter side of nature



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. Meanwhile, enjoy this classic from 2013. As Nancy and I approached the sandy shore, we saw sand crabs scurry toward the mangroves. The pungent smell of low tide filled the air, and the stifling midday heat was so oppressive, it felt as if you could reach out and take hold of […]

Feeding gators might seem like fun and games — until they attack



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. Meanwhile, enjoy this classic from 2015. The ambulance crew gathered next to the sign as they loaded a man onto a stretcher. The sign read, “Do not feed alligators!” If only the man had heeded it. Tubes were attached to the man’s body. Wires transmitted his vitals to an emergency room […]


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